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Top 10 Hitters: A First Baseman Starting to Show His Power

Top 10 Hitters: A First Baseman Starting to Show His Power

Below are the top Runs Created* totals in the Pittsburgh Pirates' farm system from the last week. The rankings include every hitter who had an at-bat for a Pirates' minor league affiliate, with no limitations on whether the hitter has prospect eligibility. Notes on the top ten players from the last week can be found below the chart.

*Runs Created is a stat created by Bill James used to estimate how many runs an individual contributes to his team. There are many formulas for runs created. For these purposes the basic formula is used. That formula is ((H + BB) * (1B + (2*2B) + (3*3B) + (4*HR))) / (AB + BB).

The Top Ten
1. Edwin Espinal, 1B - Espinal had the best week for any Pirates hitter, well above second place Chris Dickerson. He had 12 hits, including three doubles and two homers. Espinal came into this season as a sleeper prospect. He has been moved fairly quickly in the system, going up a level each year, starting as a 17-year-old in the DSL three years ago. He is huge, l...

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